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'Hot Cocoa ™' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 105-357
most recent 6 SEP HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 6 SEP by BarbaraG SE Virginia
Available from - Antique Rose Emporium
weareroses.com
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Discussion id : 95-560
most recent 18 AUG SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 25 OCT 16 by Alexday
If you are looking for an absolutely gigantic plant Armed with thorns that would scare the life out of anybody, this is it! It grows like a weed in Southern CA and in my opinion looks like a weed too. It grows awkwardly sending up huge clusters of blooms right up into the sky. I'm not a fan of the color but wanted to try it out anyways. I found it to be just TOO HUGE, small unshapely blooms, no fragrance, and blooms that fade real quick, this is a very boring rose and just another one of these modern introductions that reminds me of a knockout in almost every manner.
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Reply #1 of 4 posted 17 AUG by mamabotanica
Shoot. I'm also in So Cal and really love the pictures of this rose. It says it's a moderate size (4 x 4 I think) What is "too huge" in your book? It grew a lot bigger than that in your garden? and what exposure did you give it?
Thanks,
Joan
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Reply #2 of 4 posted 18 AUG by dan8
This rose grew 7' at my sisters house.
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Reply #3 of 4 posted 18 AUG by mamabotanica
good to know! That's a lot bigger than the space I have for it. Will skip it and indulge in a different one.
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Reply #4 of 4 posted 18 AUG by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Check out Geranium Red, much nicer color, better scent & 1/3 the size & very small as own-root. I had seen dozen of Hot Cocoa at local rose park in full-sun, and the color is hard on the eyes, zero scent. Geranium Red lasts long in the vase & can take hot sun & the scent is just as good as Munstead Wood. California & Texas folks raved about Geranium Red, and that's also perfect for my cold zone.
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Discussion id : 92-175
most recent 29 JUN SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 16 APR 16 by raingreen
Does show some foliage necrosis (leaf scorch) after 100+ hot spells in soCal, I wouldn't call it "heat tolerant" because of that. Magnificent spring flush, a classic.
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 28 JUN by mamabotanica
Any idea how well it does as a cut flower? Sure looks lovely and the descriptions of scent have me intrigued. I see above someone saying it got huge though. Did you find that to be true?
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 29 JUN by raingreen
It's at my parent's house but I can't say that I've picked any flowers for an arrangement. At their house, it is a large, thorny, 'cast iron' shrub. The heat tolerance is ok, not great, IME. With no care except deadheading and winter pruning, it has an excellent first flush with intermittent, fewer blooms the rest of the year. ?Maybe it needs summer pruning too?? Or maybe it actually does need some fertilizer :-). Excellent, chunky garden shrub.

Nate
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Discussion id : 101-361
most recent 24 JUN HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 24 JUN by TLMKozak
I cannot kill this rose although I seem to have tried! I love it! Garden is either 4b or 5a.
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